"Happy" Fourth of July??
There is nothing to celebrate about the state of this nation. This country is now a shameful mockery of what it once purported to stand for. Most of the Constitution has been gutted, and the corporate toadies of the Supreme Court and Congress continue to rob from we-the-people and hand over public resources to the uber-rich. This is NOT what that brave group of "outlaw" revolutionaries had in mind when they sought to establish their own country!
On this Fourth of July, instead of going through the expected and hollow motions of rah-rah flag-waving, let's give ourselves and our loved ones the gift of truth. Let's stand up and acknowledge the truth - first, perhaps, to ourselves, and then to the people around us. Speak the truth out loud! The truth that this country is no longer a constitutional republic, but a fascist police state epitomized by secrecy, deceit, and endless profiteering, surveillance, and war-making.
This is the first step to freedom - acknowledging that we are living a lie, a massive lie created and maintained by powerful forces and unimaginable wealth, forces that have every interest in us NOT seeing the truth. Forces like the corporate mass media and the wholly-owned corporate Congress who work tirelessly to keep us from seeing "that man behind the curtain."
The time to stop going along to get along is now. If you see the truth, say it out loud. It doesn't matter if certain folks, namely the sheeple who wish to maintain their comfortable complicity, disagree with you, disapprove of you, or ridicule you. During every revolution, including the first American Revolution, there have been many such people. Acknowledge that they're coming from a place of fear and move on. If you strike a chord of resonance in only one other person, it will be worth it. Because that's how real revolution starts - in the mind and in the heart. And once you get it, you can never go back to the comfy lie, the matrix created for us by the puppeteers.
Today, let's celebrate the real patriots among us, those who have told or are telling the truth at great personal cost to themselves. These brave people demonstrate what a real patriot is all about. Let's follow their example to the extent we are able to in our individual situations.
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”